Undercover cops discovered 18 kilos of heroin worth street value of £2million after a sting operation and two drug dealers arrested.
Rajinder Kumar, aged 31, of Uplands Road, Handsworth and partner Abol Bosher, 35, from Southall, London, were arrested after meeting on Thomas Street on the evening of November 14.
The pair were watched by Met Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) officers.
Bosher arrived by van and Kumar by car and the duo were seen talking by an open van door for about 10 minutes.
Bosher left in the van but was stopped by police a few minutes later on the M6 motorway
A search of his van uncovered 12 kilos of heroin with a street value of £1.2m and a further search of his home and officers uncovered £44,000 in cash.
Kumar, meanwhile, was arrested before he left Thomas Street in West Bromwich.
On searching the car officers found a further six kilos of heroin with a street value of £900,000.
Both were arrested and subsequently charged for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Following the joint operation – led by National Crime Agency and OCP – the drug dealers were jailed for a total of 13 years and four months
Londoner Bosher was jailed for eight years and Kumar for five years and four months.
Matt McMillan, OCP operations manager, said: “Drugs fuel crime and exploitation and these lengthy sentences reflect the severity of Bosher and Kumar’s offences.
“It should act as deterrent for those involved in the supply of drugs.
“Disrupting their activity and intercepting the money that is so important to their business stops them from investing in other criminal activity and paying their own people.
“It also damages the trust and credibility with other criminal groups, making it harder for them to do business together in future.
“We will continue to pursue and bring to justice organised criminals working with partners and using all the tools available to us.”